TOM PIDCOCK CLAIMS FINAL XCO WORLD CUP WIN OF 2023. Our BIKE section bring us today the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup at Mont-Sainte-Anne

World champion Tom Pidcock closed out the 2023 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup cross-country season with victory in the mud at Mont-Sainte-Anne, while Nino Schurter and Puck Pieterse celebrated securing the overall XCO World Cup titles at the Canadian venue.

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Ineos Grenadiers rider Tom Pidcock concluded his Mountain Bike World Cup campaign with a stunning victory in the season’s final race. Despite only competing part-time in the World Cup due to his road cycling commitments, Pidcock showcased his mountain biking prowess by securing victory in the last round held on a challenging circuit in adverse weather conditions.

Pidcock had kicked off the series with a win at the opening round in Nové Město, Czech Republic, and now wraps up his year with another triumph in the season’s finale.

While missing the podium in Friday’s XCC short track race, where Victor Koretzky claimed victory for one second and Victor win for the second consecutive race, Germany’s Luca Schwarzbauer secured the XCC overall title

Sunday’s race, transformed into a physical and technical challenge by rain, saw Pidcock engage in a back-and-forth battle with Swiss rider Mathias Flückiger for the victory. Flückiger led the race in the opening lap but suffered a flat tire, forcing a pit stop and allowing Pidcock to take the lead. However, Flückiger closed a 16-second gap and overtook Pidcock, only to suffer a second puncture with just over a lap remaining, granting Pidcock an advantage he wouldn’t relinquish. Pidcock crossed the finish line 26 seconds ahead of Flückiger.

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The dominant pace of Pidcock and Flückiger was evident as third-place finisher, Swiss Marcel Guerrini, finished 1 minute and 31 seconds behind the winner.

Further down the field, record-breaking cross-country champion Nino Schurter suffered both a puncture and a dropped chain during the race, but fought back to finish 12th, which was enough to secure him the overall World Cup title for the ninth time.

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In the women’s field, France’s Loana Lecomte overcame a puncture to secure her second World Cup race victory of the season, winning by 15 seconds over Sweden’s Jenny Rissveds. Meanwhile, third place was enough for Puck Pieterse to clinch the overall XCO World Cup title for the first time.

In her debut Elite season, the Dutch rider Pieterse accomplished the Women’s Cross-Country World Cup double, also securing the XCC short track crown with a fifth-place finish in the race won by Austria’s Laura Stigger.

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Women’s XCO result

  1. Loana Lecomte FRA 1h 28m 9s
  2. Jenny Rissveds SWE +15s
  3. Puck Pieterse NED +1m 3s
  4. Jolanda NEFF SUI +1m 18s
  5. Martina Berta ITA +2m 29s

Men’s XCO result

  1. Tom Pidcock GBR 1h 26m 27s
  2. Mathias Flückiger SUI +26s
  3. Marcel Guerrini SUI +1m 31s
  4. Titouan Carod FRA +1m 55s
  5. Thomas Litscher SUI +2m 17s

2023 Women’s XCO final standings

  1. Puck Pieterse NED 1939 points
  2. Loana Lecomte FRA 1526
  3. Mona Mitterwallner AUT 1445
  4. Laura Stigger AUT 1394
  5. Alessandra Keller SUI 1327

2023 Men’s XCO final standings

  1. Nino Schuter SUI 1549 points
  2. Jordan Sarrou FRA 1509
  3. Mathias Flückiger SUI 1499
  4. Luca Schwarzbauer GER 1344
  5. Thomas Girot FRA 1196

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